- Feb 3, 2009
Do pre-paid cellphones have any purpose other than doing illegal stuff with? Maybe arranging affairs on a secondary phone, but I doubt the US governments cares too much about that.
The purpose of pre-paid celllphones is to do phone stuff.razer17 said:
Having a phone and not being locked to a 2-year has a lot of applications if you have uneven income or a kid.razer17 said:
My mother uses a prepaid for personal and business use, and I'm planning to go prepaid at some point.razer17 said:
I think what he meant was that, unless, when purchasing a cellphone using one of those IDs, your purchase is logged into a unified database, there isn't much of a point.008Zulu said:
Short answer: The government expects its own citizens to be capable of terrorism. Ergo they spy on said citizens in the hopes of identifying and foiling terror plots in the making.canadamus_prime said:Is the US Government are of how Orwellian this all sounds? Also how is spying on your own citizens supposed to stop terrorism?
Because freedom.008Zulu said:Hang on, why aren't identity checks required under U.S law? This kind of thing just seems like common sense to me. It's been a requirement here in Australia since the beginning, for this very reason.
My ex had bad credit and couldn't get a service contract. Her entire family used this kind of phone. I know a feww people who only have phones for emergencies, and they feel this is the more practical route. There are probably other reasons.razer17 said:
They log the information on the phone at point of sale, last I knew. And I think you have to in order to activate it.The Lizard King said:Can phone calls from drop phones be traced back to the store that it was purchased, and if so - can be traced back to the individual who bought it? If yes, then I can totally see how this could limit crimes on both the local and federal level.
My phone is prepaid, because $100/year for something I barely use fits my budget better than $40/month.razer17 said:Do pre-paid cellphones have any purpose other than doing illegal stuff with?
A parent, guardian or friend is allowed to register it for you. Just they have to accept all responsibility for how you use the phone.chadachada123 said:Moreover, what happens if you don't have either of those? You can't purchase a phone? That's equal parts stupid and silly.
I'm certain affairs are one of the biggest things they care about. If they can gather that sort of blackmail material on everyone then they can use that info on anyone they want to if those people ever become political thorns in the governments side.razer17 said:
Because privacy is a fundamental right, including privacy of communication.008Zulu said:Hang on, why aren't identity checks required under U.S law? This kind of thing just seems like common sense to me. It's been a requirement here in Australia since the beginning, for this very reason.
How it should be.Bob_McMillan said:I find this hilarious.
In my country I could walk down the street, buy an unregistered sim, then drive to the mall, buy an Iphone that is probably stolen, put the sim card in, then have a brand new (so to speak) phone.
Never quite understood how cellphones work in the States.
Yes, they have the same amount of legitimate uses as a unsecure, registered phone but with the added benifit of another layer of privacy.razer17 said:
That's unfortunate. It looks like I will be unable to buy a phone if I were to ever move to Australia. I would refuse to identify myself on principal.008Zulu said: